The barriers continue to fall in Sydney !
With the rise of a focus on universal access, now everyone can enjoy what Sydney has to offer.
Did you know that many renowned Sydney icons, museums and performance spaces are increasingly barrier free?
Here is a snapshot of universally available experiences to be enjoyed today in Sydney. If you know of other barrier free experiences, we would love to hear about them.
Sydney’s top performance spaces are programmed with inclusion in mind.
1. Sydney Opera House runs accessible tours and offers Auslan interpreting, low vision access, closed captioning and audio descriptions on select performances. There are workshops and performances created especially for those with a disability such as audio-described tours using a highly specialised interactive theatre experience. Sydney Opera House also offers a complimentary wheelchair accessible shuttle bus to and from performances to support their less mobile patrons.
2. Sydney Theatre Company offers hearing enhancement systems in all theatres , captioned and Auslan interpreted performances , accessible parking and wheelchair seats. Sydney Theatre Company also offers a complimentary wheelchair accessible shuttle bus service to and from matinee performances to support their less mobile patrons.
3. On the other side of the bride , Ensemble Theatre partners with Vision Australia to provide an audio description service at designated performances for patrons with low vision. It also offers a hearing loop for those with hearing aids or hearing impairment, as well as wheelchair seating and level access.
4. City Recital Hall offers a hearing loop for performances, and accessible seating. Access is at street level and accessible toilets are located on each floor.
Outside, in the city’s parks and gardens many local and major parks cater for people who are less mobile.
1. Explore the rose garden or soak up the sun on the Bennelong Lawn in the Royal Botanic Garden. The garden has 2 accessible toilets and 8 accessible entrances.
2. Escape to a secret garden in Darling Harbour. The lower level of the Chinese Garden of Friendship is accessible to wheelchairs and prams.
3. Barangaroo Reserve has wide paths and a number of accessible toilets and accesses. Lifts connect to the carpark.
And there’s more !
Sydney’s world class museums and galleries offer barrier free experiences to enjoy the gallery as well as engage in creative activities.
Art Gallery of NSW is wheelchair accessible with carers receiving free entry to ticketed exhibitions. Auslan interpreters are available when prebooked. There is also a sensory sculpture tour offered for visually impaired visitors.
Museum of Contemporary Art offers regular Auslan interpreted and audio described tours.
And for a view from above….
At 268 m above the city centre, with views that stretch right out to the ocean on one side and toward the mountains on the other, Sydney Tower Eye Skywalk is wheelchair accessible- just book ahead.
Didi you know that Bridgeclimb offers Auslan guided tours twice a month and hearing loops are installed on the bridge? Those with vision impairment are also well looked after, with continuous handrails throughout the climb.
Plus coming soon in 2019 for less mobile visitors , a lift to the Sydney Harbour Bridge walkway.
Plenty for all to enjoy in Sydney !
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